Google Brings Chrome and Drive to iPhone and iPad, Docs Goes Offline

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Google is launching versions of its Chrome browser and Google Drive app for iPhones and iPads.

The company also announced offline editing for Google Docs during its Google I/O developers conference on Thursday.

Chrome for iOS looks a lot like its Android counterpart, and automatically syncs tabs, bookmarks and history across devices. In a feature new to Chrome for all devices, browsing history is synced for individual tabs, so for example, users can hit the back button on a phone to return to previous pages they visited on a desktop.

Of course, like all other third-party browsers on iOS, Chrome won’t be able to act as the default browser. Links in other apps can only be sent to the Safari browser.

driveThe Google Drive app for iOS lets users view and search for documents. The search function looks impressive, as it can scan text within images and even recognize the content of an image to make it all searchable. In a demo, a Google employee found a picture of a pyramid by searching for “pyramid.”

Google Drive is available in the App Store here; Chrome is available here.

The other big announcement at Google I/O’s second-day keynote was offline editing in Google Docs. In Chrome, users will be able to edit documents with all the same formatting options as the online version. Chrome will save a local copy of the document, and sync it as soon as the device gets an Internet connection. Google says editing for spreadsheets and presentations is “coming soon.”

MORE: Check out Techland’s coverage of Google I/O